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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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I discovered this author by hearing that he had been chosen to finish Robert Jordan's last Wheel of Time novel. I started reading Sanderson's books because I wanted to assure myself that Jordan's family had chosen a writer who could finish the saga successfully. Now I realize that writing Jordan's last book is a waste of Sanderson's talents; he should be writing his *own* books. I positively cannot wait to see what Sanderson's next book, or series of books, will be. I also want to sit down and re-read the Mistborn trilogy over again from the beginning; the first two books will be an entirely different reading experience, now that I understand the truth.
Simply said, Brandon Sanderson's books are so good that they're starting to piss me off. It just doesn't seem fair that someone should be about to write this well, this fast.
I don't believe in spoilers, so I will say simply this. Everything comes to good resolution in this final book. It all fits. It all makes sense. But at the same time I didn't see it coming. That doesn't happen very often.
With the Mistborn series Brandon firmly calls out other authors of the genre - not only in terms of quality, but in terms of quantity. Writing as much and as well as he does should be a crime - one that gets him a life sentence of...more writing.
In this third Mistborn book questions are answered...and more questions are raised. Action is fast paced and for those of us male readers who need a new masculine hero (after Kelsier died), to identify with - we are given it. Combined with the female protagonist (Vin), the new hero balances the books in a way they have not been since the death of Kelsier.
The only drawback of the way Sanderson writes is his tendency to leave questions unanswered, or to raise new questions near the end of his novels. To the reader, these might seem to be promises he is expected to answer eventually. Unfortunately Brandon has yet to commit to answering them.
On a side note - as an author Brandon is incredible accessible and personable to his fans. Unlike other authors, he seems to genuinely appreciate each and every fan he has.
And that, my friends, is just one more reason for us to buy his books; we must keep him writing!
Mistborn: The Final Empire enthralled me, seamlessly integrating its magic system into the setting along with perfectly believable characters. On top of that, there was the amazing plot. Taken all together, there was one amazing product. Anyone who has read The Well of Ascension can surmise that there is much more to the original concept--what happened if the Hero of Prophecy failed--than even conceivable.
The first two books left large shadows, but Hero of Ages satisfies. To say that it "satisfies" is the largest understatement I've ever said. My fears that the trilogy would collapse from a horrible final volume were completely unwarranted. Instead, I was left with a phenomenal book that may just be the best one I've ever read.
In The Hero of Ages, the world is on the edge of destruction, brought about from the force known only as Ruin. Ashfalls grow ever more turbulent, and the mists still kill. Vin and Elend are stymied: how can one save the world from certain doom?
I won't say any more of the plot, but it is a story crafted with a chisel of a master. Things from the first book suddenly become immensely important, and questions from before are answered in a simple, logical fashion. If this story was crafted by anything less than an expert sculptor, a series as complicated as Mistborn--with three different magic systems interacting at the same time--could easily disintegrate into insanity, but this novel never fails to disappoint. Rather than confusion, this book left me in awe of Brandon Sanderson's genius. Every surprise is genuine, yet amazingly logical at the same time.Read more ›
All of the pieces of the puzzle come together in the fascinating Mistborn universe. It begins one year after The Well of Ascension and answers all of the questions raised by the first two books. If you were captivated by the Mistborn World and you enjoyed the first two books, this is a must read. But before you read, I need to warn you about a few things!
The History, Clues, and Puzzle Pieces of the Story are presented to the reader `wikipedia style' in italicized text before each Chapter begins:
"The Lord Ruler created the Koloss because..."
This causes problems.
The reader gets ahead of the characters. If the book plainly tells you the answer to a riddle before the characters struggle through the riddle in the scene, it seems like the characters are bumbling around in the dark. It is frustrating to watch them struggle to solve a problem that the book just presented to you in a simple manner.
Example: The answer is 4. - pretend that was italicized.
Vin struggled to find out how many coins she needs to get from the rampart to the mess hall. She retraced her steps several times to calculate the exact distance from the mess hall to the rampart. It seemed as if it was 250 steps. After, she experimented with steel pushing against coins and discovered that one push could send her approximately 50 feet at a 45 degree angle. However, a tower was erected between the two points and was taller than the rampart. Vin pushed to the top of the tower and discovered that the roof was metal and if she pulled, she could reach the top!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating end to the trilogy. It makes the second book, which I found a lot less interesting than the first, totally worth reading. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amighty
5 stars for me, but I am especially touched by expansive plot driven fantasy such as this. For those who prefer deep character development and dialogue, with master prose look... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dave Bro
The writing style is very skilled and the story does a great job of pushing and pulling on me and I just could not put the book down.
Please keep writing!
The conclusion of the first Mistborn trilogy is an absolute joy to read. The second book started off very slowly, but the third is a great journey from the beginning. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Max C. B. Dyckhoff
Lives up to what I expect from Brandon Sanderson
I am very happy with the final book in this trilogy
Sanderson reveals even more secrets, explaining many things that were right under our noses. Again opening the hearts of minds of more characters we only knew the surface of... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Thomas Greene
This book, in my opinion, was actually the best of a ll the books in the Mistborn series. The characters where them most distinct and highly developed the plot came together in... Read morePublished 22 days ago by ktrose